Moyes holds Butland interest
David Moyes says he has previously enquired about Birmingham
City goalkeeper Jack Butland as he considers long-term replacements
for Everton No.1 Tim Howard.
USA international Howard is set to make his 200th consecutive
Premier League appearance for Everton against Stoke City on
Saturday, but Moyes is already making plans for life without the
The Everton manager is an admirer of Birmingham teenager
Butland, who made his England debut against Italy in August, and
confirmed goalkeeping coach Chris Woods is helping in the search
for Howard’s successor.
“You are always planning for who is the next Nigel Martyn, who
is the next Tim Howard,” said Moyes. “We are always looking to see
who that next one would be. You have to do that.
“We have asked a couple of times about Butland, but not
“We are just looking out. Chris Woods is a big part of Tim
because he works for the US national team as well, now.
“But Chris also does a lot of work looking at the future
goalkeepers for us. It is a bit of a specialist job.
“We can all look at goalkeepers and say ‘he comes and catches
it’ or ‘he makes good saves, he has good distribution’. But to
understand the technique in goalkeeping is a bit more specialist
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